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Novak Name Meaning

Czech and Slovak, Croatian and Serbian, Slovenian, Hungarian (Novák), and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from Slavic novy ‘new’, denoting a newcomer to a place. Compare English Newman. Slovenian: also a topographic name for a peasant who settled on newly cleared land.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Nowak, Polak, Hodak, Nova, Bosak, Dolak, Noah, Kosak, Kolak, Novik

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Where is the Novak family from?

You can see how Novak families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Novak family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Novak families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 110 Novak families living in Illinois. This was about 19% of all the recorded Novak's in USA. Illinois had the highest population of Novak families in 1880.
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What did your Novak ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Novak. 18% of Novak men worked as a Laborer and 5% of Novak women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Novak were Truck Driver and Laborer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Stenographer
  • Waitress
  • Laborer
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Census Records

There are 87,000 census records available for the last name Novak. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Novak census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 20,000 immigration records available for the last name Novak. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 30,000 military records available for the last name Novak. For the veterans among your Novak ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Novak lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Novak life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Novak in 1942 was 31, and 78 in 2004.

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